’67 Beetle Idle Cut-off Valve

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If your Deluxe 1967 Beetle has a 30 Pict-1, VW 105-1 carburetor, you will have noticed, as in photograph #1, a little “canister” protruding from the passenger’s side, right at the generator. If you have not noticed this “canister” maybe yours has been replaced by a simple brass jet.

Volkswagen called this “canister” the Pilot Jet Valve. Today, it is called variously, although most people call it the Cut-off Valve or Idle Cut-off Valve.

Volkswagen carburetors have a brass jet which is called the Idle Jet. When the car is not in motion, for instance, the accelerator pedal is not being pushed. But we want the engine to continue to run so that when we are ready to start moving, the engine will be ready for that operation. The idle drilling draws gas, using vacuum, to keep the carburetor feeding some gasoline/air mixture to the engine—enough to keep it running at low rpms for us. The brass jet usually is marked g55 for many Beetle carburetors over the years.

The cars of yester-year sometimes had a tendency to “diesel”—that is, to continue running after the key was turned off. The Volkswagen was no different. Probably most of us have experienced this problem at one time or another. A VW mechanic tells me that dieseling could be due to a leaky gasket or a high fuel level or pressure. Such conditions would cause fuel to continue to feed through the idle port and cause the engine to run—usually very jerkily—ka-Chug-a–ka-Chug-a….

Kenneth Yeo’s ’67 Beetle

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Our good bud, Kenneth Yeo of Singapore sends the following summary of a recent Volkswagen Reunion. Upon reviewing Ken’s Featured Article, you can realize the importance of this event. Owning and maintaining a Volkswagen in Singapore is extremely expensive.

Hope this finds you well. Just keeping in touch and happy to have just returned from a local VW meet up. Celebrating Singapore’s 50th year of independence, we organized a breakfast meet, swap and drive where 38 air-cooled VWs showed up. Some extremely rare Ghias, Kombis and Type 3s made for a great atmosphere (well, rare in Singapore). This is probably the biggest turnout in over 10 years.

More importantly, we managed to get the four surviving ’67 Beetles together after about 12 years. :) Someone was always too busy. All are still largely stock, with their original registration plates, and driven daily. I attach a few pics of our event, including the four ’67s.

Keep bugging! :)
Ken

Mary & Gavin LaMaide’s L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

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Mary & Gavin’s story is an emotional one with a fantastic connection to the past. Seeing the early childhood photos reminds me of my own story, and how I grew up riding in my Grandpa’s ’67 Beetle that I now own today. Thanks for sharing, guys! 1967beetle.com exist because of people like you.

It was through a search on EBay Motors in early May 2015 that we happened upon our 1967 VW Beetle. The car was originally purchased at North Import Motors in Chicago, Illinois where it remained with the original owner until just a few years ago. The death of the original owner, who lived to the age of 100, saw the “mostly” original 67’ Beetle bought & sold to a few neighbors until it came to us as its fourth owner with 82,500 original miles.

We were immediately impressed to see ALL of the one year ’67 model parts intact, even the infamous dust cover on the rear deck lid latch! According to the VIN our bug was born in October of 1966 in West Germany. The only thing that we have replaced is a period correct AM/FM Sears radio with an original Sapphire V radio made for this Volkswagen sourced on Ebay.

The transient smell of the coconut fiber seat pads and the forty eight years of patina on the headliner further confirmed that the interior is absolutely original! As you can see in the photos, we added some 1967 VW “bling” courtesy of Lane Russell in the form of the Bambus tray, a Roof Rack, and Hub Cap pullers. In addition, an aftermarket vase adds a bit of flare to the quaint dash area. Along with new brakes, the exterior and rims were painted in 2009 and we have plans to return the rims to their original black and white this winter. We are in the process of acquiring some vintage luggage, cooler, and other nostalgic VW antiquities to compliment the floor pans and battery tray which are original to the vehicle with no holes or rot . It goes without saying we are blessed to have found a wonderful 67’ Beetle that was revered and cared for her last 48 years by previous owners. We are proud to carry on the legacy of our ’67 Beetle as we make her “road ready” for the car show circuit in Northern Michigan and specifically the Traverse City area where we reside.

Chris Ryder’s Euro ’67 Beetle

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It’s rare here at 1967beetle.com that we see a car as rare as this. Chris Ryder’s Euro ’67 Beetle is a time capsule. Apparently, it even still has German air in its original tires.

I’ve owned this ’67 since about 1985.  I bought it from the original owner in Germany. I still have the original German Kraftfarzeug brief with the original owner signature and factory info about car. This car is so original that it still have the 5 original tires that it came with new from the factory, and all 5 still hold air.  It now has about 29K kilometers total mileage since new. Absolutely everything on the car is as original and untouched.  No rust (except surface rust on heater boxes and muffler), no accidents, no paint or interior mods.

Best regards,
Chris

Sean Hart’s L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle

Sean Hart’s L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle

Just sent over by Sean Heart in NY, this L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle is a fantastic example of a restoration done well. It also makes me really happy to know that we are slowly connecting ’67 Beetle owners all over the world.

Hello, 1967beetle.com. On July 12 ,2015, I participated in the Connecticut Volkswagen Association (CVA) 11th Annual Volks-Meet 2015 in West Brook, Connecticut which I am a member, ( I live in New York) and also a member of another Great Club the Long Island Volkswagen Club. (New York) I would like to mention what a nice turn out and what a hard working club. To make a long story short, I jumped on a Ferry out of Port Jefferson, NY on Saturday afternoon and landed in Connecticut. I then hopped on 95 North to a campsite recommended by the club. I set up camp and had a good night sleep. Then, I drove to the show site. VW time! I wiped the road dust off my 1967 VW Beetle and check out all the other cars and meet with fine New Englander’s and had great conversations and seen some beautiful cars..

Well, to much of my surprise when they were announcing the awards. I won Best in Class for VW Beetle 1953 to 1967. YAHOO!! My 1967 Savannenbeige L620 was the Big Winner !! Well, thanks to Dave out in Oregon who restored the car, and for the parts that I have purchased from Lane Russell. I must admit the car is a real head turner in this neck of the woods. I am looking forward to showing it off this summer at shows and can’t wait for Chris Vallone to have his Fall ride through the Mountains of upstate New York

Regards,
Sean Hart
Nesconset, New York